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Surf City/Topsail vs. Emerald Isle/Indian Beach

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Surf City/Topsail vs. Emerald Isle/Indian Beach

Thinking about trying a new area for a week's vacation in September. We've been all over the Outer Banks, have been to the Brunswick Islands and Carolina Beach/Wilmington. We're now considering either Surf City/Topsail Beach or Emerald Isle. Can anyone weigh in on the pro's and con's of each? We do like a little activity (hit a couple restaurants/bars in the evening ... shop a little during the day), want a nice, wide, clean beach. It seems like Surf City is a little more affordable and I can get more for my money there, and we are on a budget, so that's a plus ... anything else we should know about?

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1. Re: Surf City/Topsail vs. Emerald Isle/Indian Beach

We just returned from another lovely vacation in Emeral Isle and I can't recommend it highly enough! Beautiful beaches down the entire island (the beach gets wider and dunes higher as you get down toward the end (west) of the island. It's a very family oriented (quiet) place but there are several nice restaurants on the island and many more in Morehead City and Beaufort. Don't know about bars or nightclubs. Island runs east west so you can virtually see the sun rise and fall over the ocean! We usually rent an oceanfront home and have had great experiences with Sun Surf Realty.

I cannot speak for the other beaches although I've been told from many people that Topsail is VERY quiet - few restaurants, if any...have to go off the island for any shopping.

I was told by the locals that September is the BEST time to visit. Hope you have a wonderful vacation!

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2. Re: Surf City/Topsail vs. Emerald Isle/Indian Beach

Just returned from Emerald Isle (we stayed in Indian Beach/Salter Path). It's 15 min outside Emerald Isle. We had the best time! We went into Morehead City and Beaufort. Gorgeous. We spent most of our time on the beach. We visited a couple restaurants and bars. Very nice! We will definately return!

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